Planning Permission Guide: Conservatories

Find out whether or not you need planning permission for a conservatory with our handy guide to the latest rules and regulations.

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One of the most popular structural changes to any home in the UK is the addition of a brand new conservatory – but why are they so popular? And on top of that, many home-owners are also left wondering: can I build a conservatory without planning permission from my local council?

Benefits of a New Conservatory

There are a number of advantages to having a new conservatory built at the rear of your property, including the following:

  • Conservatories open up the back of your home to let in more natural light, reducing the need for artificial light in the evening and potentially saving you money on electricity bills.
  • The addition of natural light also makes your home feel more open and spacious, making you feel more relaxed and comfortable all year round.
  • It also quite literally adds a bit of extra space to your home – making it perfect for inviting friends over or to be used as a private, quiet retreat when the house is a bit too noisy.
  • With their ornate design and glass casings, conservatories also add a bit of glamour to any home – and can even add value to your property if built properly.
  • They are also durable and last a long time – most conservatories come with anything from a 30 to 40 year guarantee; making it a worthwhile, long-term investment for your home.

Do I need Planning Permission for a Conservatory?

So is planning permission required for a conservatory added directly you’re your home? Well, in most instances conservatories are included as ‘permitted developments’ not subject to usual UK rules and guidelines about planning permission. Nevertheless there are some exceptions – you WILL, for instance, require planning permission for conservatories if…

  • The conservatory is built on more than half of the area of land around the house or main building of the property itself.
  • The roof of the conservatory is higher than the highest point of the roof the home.
  • The conservatory is a single-storey model more than three metres tall; or a detached model (i.e. not completely integrated into the property itself) more than four metres tall.
  • It has any type of structural addition that might be considered or classified as a “balcony, veranda or raised platform”.
  • Construction of the conservatory involves enlarging the original home or rear portion of the property as well.
  • The conservatory is being installed directly onto a listed building.

If you are unsure about whether or not planning permission will be required for the particular conservatory you have in mind for your property – or if you want to brush up on all other planning regulations for a conservatory – you should get in touch with your local authority as soon as possible to clarify what rules might affect this latest home improvement project of yours. They might even be able to send round a project manager or property surveyor to help you determine whether your new conservatory falls under the “permitted development” scheme as outlined by UK law – which means you can get started with building work almost straight away!